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Mexican Food Lovers Won't Be Disappointed at El Campesino

This Stow eatery offers standard Mexican fare.

I will unabashedly say that Mexican food is my favorite ethnic cuisine. By far. So when I had the opportunity to go to , I jumped on it.

My girlfriend and I got to the restaurant at around 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4. It was a pretty muggy night, so we elected to sit inside rather than on their new (albeit a little small) patio. The inside of the restaurant looked to be undergoing some renovations, but I could be mistaken. Some of it looked unfinished.

But that's not the point. The point is the food. We started with a margarita (on the rocks, salted rim) and Queso Fundido with chorizo ($4.75). I have a hard time going to a Mexican restaurant and not ordering a margarita, because the flavors complement each other quite nicely. The melted cheese dip came with three flour tortillas which wasn't quite enough for the amount of dip you get, but with the free chips that are never in short supply, we found a way to finish off the dip. 

After the queso, we decided on our main course. I ordered the Special Fried Burrito ($7.25) and my girlfriend ordered the Enchiladas Campesinos ($7.50). I ordered the burrito thinking that it would be a relatively massive mountain of food to satisfy my growing appetite. What came out was not what I had hoped, but it was still quite food. A flour tortilla stuffed with shredded chicken and topped with cheese, lettuce and guacamole and then deep fried? The size of the burrito is the only negative mark. 

I was able to leave the restaurant paying $23.67 which isn't terribly bad for having a margarita with dinner. 

I've had better meals at other area Mexican restaurants, but if I am ever hungry on the east side of Stow again, El Campesino will get my business.

Ed Kent August 08, 2011 at 02:37 PM
We also love El Campesino! I'm so glad they built the outdoor patio. I hope more places will offer outdoor dining in the future. We never eat inside during the summer as long as the weather is nice. Most restaurants are too cold inside even in the summer so we search out places where we can eat outside to enjoy some heat while we still can in Ohio. Winter is coming, so take advantage of the warm outdoors while you still can.
Leigh Peterson August 08, 2011 at 03:29 PM
I'm not huge on Mexican, but I do love El Campesino!!! So bright and fun, and the chicken and rice dishes are perfect for someone like me who thinks chips and salsa is ethnic :-)
Stow Resident August 09, 2011 at 02:45 PM
People are probably going to criticize me for this but I don’t like El Campesino. The last two times we were there have not been good. Several months ago we ordered take out and when we got there they forgot to send the order back to the kitchen. There were several other people also waiting where they forgot to make their orders as well so it was not a happy waiting area. Then the last time we ordered take out they forgot part of the order. Perhaps eating there is a better experience than ordering take out. We however won’t be back. There are plenty of authentic Mexican restaurants in the area.
David August 09, 2011 at 07:08 PM
I respectfully agree with Paul. I guess it's your own personal preference, but we have had poor service and poor food at this restaurant. Maybe it was the evenings we've been there, maybe just bad luck, but on three occassions in 8 months we had poor service, and the food was questionable, at best., We decided to go elsewhere. If we want Mexican, it's Pancho and Lefty's or Guacamole's in Kent.
Jack Kelly March 01, 2012 at 02:36 PM
I realize it's to each their own, but I would have to agree with David and Paul with their review. My wife and I tried this place out a few months ago and were highly unimpressed--especially with the quality of their food, but also their service. I hate to be harsh, but we both felt the quality of the food was a step-above fast food-quality. Not to mention the food was brought to us within 5 minutes, and while some would think this was great, it did make us both go "hmmm" (I asked my wife if she heard a 'ding' from a microwave). The service matched the quality of the food, too (and the tip we left was reflective of the service). Maybe this place is resting on its' name, but with many other Mexican offerings in the area, we will not be back. And, thanks to Dave, we'll check out P&L's and Guacamole's, too. There's also one that opened up in Aurora a few months ago that we thought was excellent (not a chain & name escapes me).

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